The Alamo Movie Research Paper

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The name of the film I chose to research is “The Alamo.” The historical film stars actors Billy Bob Thornton as David “Davy” Crockett, Dennis Quaid as Sam Houston, Patrick Wilson as Colonel William Travis, Emilio Echevarría as General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Jason Patric as Jim Bowie, and Jordi Molla as Juan Seguin. “The Alamo” was directed by John Lee Hancock. Leslie Bohem, Stephen Gaghan, John Lee Hancock, and John Sayles wrote the script for the film. The film premiered in theaters on April 9, 2004, and it was released on DVD on September 27, 2004. The film is 137 minutes long, and it is rated PG-13 for the violence and graphic intensity of the battle scenes shown. “The Alamo” is classified as an action and western movie. Even though …show more content…
on March 6, the Mexican army launched their final assault. The bloody carnage lasted for about ninety minutes. All Texan men involved in the battle of the Alamo were brutally killed. The only survivors were women, children, and a slave. They were spared for one reason only. Santa Anna gave the survivors a message to spread: do not come to Texas, or you will suffer the same fate. The message, Travis’s letter, and the events at the battle of the Alamo inspired more volunteers to join Sam Houston and his army to vanquish the Mexican army once and for all. Houston, in the film said, “Gentlemen, I will raise an army. We will relieve the Alamo, but only after we’ve declared independence, created a government that can be legally recognized by all the nations of the world. That is what every besieged man in the Alamo is fighting for.” On April 21, 1836, a force of 900 Texan men crushed Santa Anna’s army of 1,300 men at San Jacinto. The Mexican army was defeated in less than twenty minutes. Santa Anna was captured, and in exchange for his life, he signed over all Mexican rights to Texas. The Texan men wanted him killed, but they settled for the aforementioned solution. In the movie Houston said, “No. You’ll settle for blood. I want Texas.” Nine years after the Alamo was taken down, Texas became the 28th state of the United